While the ’80s brought us a plethora of cringe-worthy style choices, the decade of big hair and shoulder pads started some trends that have survived until today. Yes, we still adore patent leather, statement earrings and one-shouldered everything. However, fishnet tights win the title of most lovable look of the decade. Fishnets have been grungifying outfits since Madonna and Cher stepped out in them in the 1980s. The mesh stockings now hold a dear place in the hearts of trendsetters everywhere, and they are constantly being reworked and paired with new ensembles. Take a look at these six ways to channel your inner rocker with fishnet tights.
Upgrade White Sneakers With Fishnet Socks
If you aren’t ready to step into the world of full-length fishnets, try fishnet socks. Tuck a low-rise pair into your favorite white sneakers for an unexpected added detail to your outfit. Keep it casual with a plain black tee, boyfriend jeans, and a neutral backpack.
Juxtapose Fishnet Stockings Against a Sweet Babydoll Dress
Even if you’re a more subdued dresser, you can still work this trend. Instead of baring your legs under that babydoll dress, slip on some fishnets and a black denim jacket for an unexpected addition to a softer ensemble.
Wear Fishnet Stockings Under Culottes for an Unexpected Pop
Culottes have broken through the barriers of the style scene in a big way recently. And what’s better than pairing two of your favorite trends in one outfit? Stay neutral with a khaki pair of cropped flare pants, and add a graphic tee and Vans to channel your inner skater girl. Slide on your trusty fishnets, and you have a look to serve.
Get this look: Junk Food Def Leppard Tee ($38), Forever 21 Boxy Stretch Knit Top ($10), Missguided Tan Stretch Crepe Culottes ($31), Xhilaration Black Fishnet Tights ($8), Vans Old Skool Platform Sneakers ($65)
Add Excitement to Basic Black Jeans With a Peak of Fishnet Tights
Tired of your everyday jeans and sweater combo? Add another dimension to your the look by tucking a pair of fishnets underneath. The subtle pattern poking through your distressed denim will make passersby do a double take; plus the extra layer will keep you warm during cooler months.
Pair Fishnet Tights With Socks and Combat Boots for Some Extra Edge
If you love a little edge, this look is for you. Doc Martens are every grunge-lover’s staple, so pair them with your tights and a pair of socks for a tough take on a sweater-and-skirt combination.
Get this look: Silence + Noise Sky Open Mock-Neck Sweater ($34), Missguided Black Scuba Skater Skirt ($21), AEO Leather Belt ($25), Xhilaration Black Fishnet Tights ($8), Doc Martens 1460 Pascal Virginia Boots ($140)
Add a Graphic Tank Over a Fishnet Tee for a Lesson in Layering
Fishnet tights not your thing? Opt or a fishnet-style shirt under a graphic bodysuit. Throw on colorful matching sunnies and a baseball cap, and complete the outfit with double denim.
Get this look: Dollskill Scout Patch Denim Jacket ($36), AE Denim X Mini Skirt ($50), Missguided Petite Black Fishnet Tee ($34), Forever 21 Tokyo Graphic Bodysuit ($13), Imagin8 Baseball Cap ($3), Pretty Little Thing Red Cat Eye Lense Retro Sunglasses ($11)
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